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While born in southern California, I was raised in the Pacific Northwest and consider its grey skies, damp climate, and fertile growing conditions to be my native soil. It’s easy to be a gardener in this far upper corner of the country; which is not to say my horticultural journey has been a clear path. Like so many of us with dirty nails and decidedly non-fashion-forward tan lines, my garden path has been a circuitous route. More stepping stone trail through a tangled landscape than a sweeping grand entryway to a tidy front yard.


As a kid, I was actually quite hard on the landscape. Evidenced by an event that took place early one spring. Playing "store” in our front yard, I plucked every last rhododendron bud within my reach to use as “money”. It’s a testament to my loving aunt that rather than ranting about my decimation of her seasonal show, I received an impromptu lesson in bud-to-bloom progression as illustrated by a neighbor’s shrub in full bloom just up the street. I had no idea. I’m afraid this was not my only infraction; cotoneaster leaves stripped from their stems between thumb and fingers and tossed into the air makes a terrific foliar conf...


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